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"Art is the imposing of a pattern on experience, and our aesthetic enjoyment is recognition of the pattern."

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"We think in generalities, but we live in detail."

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"What is morality in any given time or place? It is what the majority then and there happen to like, and immorality is what they dislike."

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"But you can catch yourself entertaining habitually certain ideas and setting others aside; and that, I think, is where our personal destinies are largely decided."

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"An enormous part of our mature experience cannot not be expressed in words."

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"A clash of doctrines is not a disaster--it is an opportunity."

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"Almost all really new ideas have a certain aspect of foolishness when they are first produced."

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"Civilization advances by extending the number of important operations which we can perform without thinking about them."

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"Everything of importance has been said before by somebody who did not discover it."

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"I have suffered a great deal from writers who have quoted this or that sentence of mine either out of its context or in juxtaposition to some incongruous matter which quite distorted my meaning , or destroyed it altogether."

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"I will not go so far as to say that to construct a history of thought without profound study of the mathematical ideas of successive epochs is like omitting Hamlet from the play which is named after him. . . But it is certainly analogous to cutting out the part of Ophelia. This simile is singularly exact. For Ophelia is quite essential to the play, she is very charming-- and a little mad."

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"If a dog jumps in your lap, it is because he is fond of you; but if a cat does the same thing, it is because your lap is warmer."

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"If a dog jumps in your lap, it is because he is fond of you but if a cat does the same thing, it is because your lap is warmer."

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"Ideas won't keep something must be done about them."

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"Intelligence is quickness to apprehend as distinct from ability, which is capacity to act wisely on the thing apprehended."

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"It does not matter what men say in words, so long as their activities are controlled by settled instincts. The words may ultimately destroy the instincts. But until this has occurred, words do not count. - from Science and the Modern World"

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"It takes a very unusual mind to undertake the analysis of the obvious."

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"It requires a very unusual mind to undertake the analysis of the obvious."

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"Let us grant that the pursuit of mathematics is a divine madness of the human spirit, a refuge from the goading urgency of contingent happenings."

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"Nature gets credit which should in truth be reserved for ourselves: the rose for its scent, the nightingale for its song; and the sun for its radiance. The poets are entirely mistaken. They should address their lyrics to themselves and should turn them into odes of self congratulation on the excellence of the human mind."

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"Periods of tranquility are seldom prolific of creative achievement. Mankind has to be stirred up."

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"Religion is what a person does in his solitariness."

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"Seek simplicity, and distrust it."

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"Spoken language is merely a series of squeaks."

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"The art of progress is to preserve order amid change and to preserve change amid order."

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"The deepest definition of youth is life as yet untouched by tragedy."

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"The future belongs to those who can rise above the confines of the earth."

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"The only use of a knowledge of the past is to equip us for the present. The present contains all that there is. It is holy ground; for it is the past, and it is the future."

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"The vitality of thought is in adventure. Ideas won't keep. Something must be done about them."

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"There are no whole truths; all truths are half- truths. It is trying to treat them as whole truths that plays the devil."

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"There are no whole truths all truths are half- truths. It is trying to treat them as whole truths that plays the devil."

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"Through and through the world is infested with quantity. To talk sense is to talk quantities, It is no use saying the nation is large- how large? It is no use s aying that radium is scarce- how scarce? You can not evade quantity. You may fly to poetry and music and quantity and number will face you in your rhythms and your octaves."

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"We cannot think first and act afterward. From the moment of birth we are immersed in action, and can only fitfully guide it by taking thought."

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"You cannot be wise without some basis of knowledge, but you may easily acquire knowledge and remain bare of wisdom."

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"Familiar things happen, and mankind does not bother about them. It requires a very unusual mind to undertake the analysis of the obvious."

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"True courage is not the brutal force of vulgar heroes. Rather the firm resolve of virtue and reason."

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"The art of progress is to preserve order amid change, and to preserve change amid order. Life refuses to be embalmed alive. The more prolonged the halt in some unrelieved system of order, the greater the crash of the dead society."

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"Common sense is genius in homespun."

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"Other nations of different habits are not enemies: they are godsends. Men require of their neighbours something sufficiently akin to be understood, something sufficiently different to provoke attention, and something great enough to command admiration. We must not expect, however, all the virtues."

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"Seek simplicity but distrust it."

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"It is the first step in sociological wisdom, to recognize that the major advances in civilisation are processes which all but wreck the societies in which they occur: like unto an arrow in the hand of a child. The art of free society consists first in the maintenance of the symbolic code; and secondly in fearlessness of revision, to secure that the code serves those purposes which satisfy an enlightened reason. Those societies which cannot combine reverence to their symbols with freedom of revision, must ultimately decay either from anarchy, or from the slow atrophy of a life stifled by useless shadows."

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"Civilization advances by extending the number of important operations which we can perform without thinking."

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